Best known for its world famous tennis championships that have been held here since 1877 is the beautiful suburb of Wimbledon, approximately ten miles to the   south west of London.

Wimbledon is also blessed by its common, an 1,100 acre woodland containing badgers, owls, wild parrots and swans amidst a vast array of deciduous flora.

 

Wimbledon Village, sat adjacent to the common, is one of the prettiest villages around London, and offers an attractive combination of local shops such as a traditional bakery, excellent pubs, restaurants and boutiques. Here you will also find two riding stables, the oldest village club in the country, art galleries, a local museum and the annual summer fete complete with gymkhana.

 

Wimbledon Park, five minutes walk from the Village, is one of the largest parks in London and contains an extensive set of public tennis courts, a sailing lake, golf course and a private cricket, hockey and tennis club. Consequently, this is another highly desirable housing area within the Wimbledon suburb.

 

Wimbledon town, a short walk away, contains supermarkets, a shopping centre,  department stores, cinemas, two theatres, gyms, banks, schools and the railway station.

 

Wimbledon has a rich history of settlement and housing. Some of the earliest building dates back to Tudor England. Many of the grand houses that fringe the Common were built by wealthy individuals during the 18th century and this was followed by a further wave during the mid 19th century, many employing the distinctive and most attractive red brick of the area. Smaller, Victorian terraced cottages were built to house the servants of the local manor houses which also coincided with the arrival of the steam railway in the 2nd half of that century.

 

Wimbledon was intermittently bombed during 2nd world war as the Luftwaffe released their final payload on their flight path out of London. As a consequence, certain residential roads suffered and the damaged dwellings were typically replaced in the 1960s with blocks of flats. During the last decade there has been a significant increase in the number of available flats and apartments close to the town centre with the erection of several large blocks of high quality flats.

 

One of the great strengths of Wimbledon is its transport infrastructure, comprising underground, overground, tram and bus network connections. Journey time to Waterloo is a mere 17 minutes which means door-to-door journey time to Central London is around 30 minutes.

 

Homes and flats here are currently in high demand but with good reason.

Anyone opting to live in Wimbledon, even for a short time, is in for a real treat as the area is rich in history, architecture, the lowest crime rate in London, outstanding walks and great shopping.

This entry was posted on Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 10:50 am.
Categories: About Wimbledon.

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